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Latest Sightings:

Nature at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area

September 20, 2020

A bumble bee at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A bumble bee at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A leopard frog at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A leopard frog at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A meadowhawk dragonfly at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A meadowhawk dragonfly at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A white-tailed deer at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A white-tailed deer at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Victoria Holland.

Victoria Holland photographed a bumble bee, a northern leopard frog, a species of meadowhawk dragonfly, and a white-tailed deer at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. 

Birds in Wayland

September 18, 2020

A gray catbird in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A gray catbird in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A wood duck in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A wood duck in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a gray catbird and a wood duck off Pelham Island Road in Wayland.

Butterfly in Northborough

September 17, 2020

A fritillary in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A fritillary in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this butterfly, a species of fritillary, in Northborough.

Nature in Wayland

September 16, 2020

A bronze copper in Wayland, photographed by Lucian Vazquez.
A bronze copper in Wayland, photographed by Lucian Vazquez.
A northern leopard frog in Wayland, photographed by Lucian Vazquez.
A northern leopard frog in Wayland, photographed by Lucian Vazquez.

Lucian Vazquez photographed a bronze copper butterfly and a leopard frog at Sedge Meadow Conservation Land in Wayland.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

September 15, 2020

An eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tufted titmouse at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern phoebe, a tufted titmouse, and a house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds on the Sudbury River

September 15, 2020

A wood duck on the Sudbury River in Lincoln, photographed by Chris Errington.
A wood duck on the Sudbury River in Lincoln, photographed by Chris Errington.
A double-crested cormorant on the Sudbury River in Lincoln, photographed by Chris Errington.
A double-crested cormorant on the Sudbury River in Lincoln, photographed by Chris Errington.

Chris Errington photographed a wood duck in its eclipse plumage (late summer) and a double-crested cormorant along the Sudbury River in Lincoln.

Canada Geese and a Mute Swan in Marlborough

September 15, 2020

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese and a mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds at Farm Pond in Framingham

September 14, 2020

American crows at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
American crows at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Double-crested cormorants at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Double-crested cormorants at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American crows, double-crested cormorants, a great blue heron, mute swans, an osprey, a red-tailed hawk, and wood ducks at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Brown Thrasher in Maynard

September 14, 2020

A brown thrasher in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A brown thrasher in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a brown thrasher in Maynard.

Praying Mantis in Framingham

September 14, 2020

A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.

Kathy Spellman photographed this praying mantis in Framingham.

Praying Mantis in Framingham

September 14, 2020

A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Brian Clew.
A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Brian Clew.

Brian Clew photographed this praying mantis in Framingham.

Carpenter Bee in Northborough

September 13, 2020

An eastern carpenter bee in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
An eastern carpenter bee in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this eastern carpenter bee on bee balm in Northborough.

Birds in Southborough

September 12, 2020

A double-crested cormorant along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A double-crested cormorant along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A great egret along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A great egret along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A green heron at the Beals Preserve in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
A green heron at the Beals Preserve in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
Mute swans along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.
Mute swans along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough, photographed by Victoria Holland.

Victoria Holland photographed a double-crested cormorant, a great egret, a green heron, and mute swans at the Southborough Open Land Trust's Beals Preserve and along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Southborough.

Mushrooms in Natick

September 12, 2020

Chicken of the woods in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.
Chicken of the woods in Natick, photographed by Chuck Hill.

Chuck Hill photographed these chicken of the woods mushrooms near Pickerel Pond in Natick.

Osprey in Wayland

September 12, 2020

An osprey along the Sudbury River in Wayland, photographed by Nicci Meadow.
An osprey along the Sudbury River in Wayland, photographed by Nicci Meadow.
An osprey along the Sudbury River in Wayland, photographed by Nicci Meadow.
An osprey along the Sudbury River in Wayland, photographed by Nicci Meadow.

Nicci Meadow photographed this osprey along the Sudbury River in Wayland.

Monarch Butterfly in Maynard

September 10, 2020

A monarch butterfly in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A monarch butterfly in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a monarch butterfly in Maynard.

Mushrooms in Stow

September 10, 2020

Chicken of the woods in Stow, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Chicken of the woods in Stow, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Chicken of the woods in Stow, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Chicken of the woods in Stow, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed chicken of the woods mushrooms in Stow.

White-tailed Deer in Westford

September 10, 2020

Andy Bentley used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this video of a white-tailed deer buck in Westford.

American Goldfinch in Sudbury

September 8, 2020

An American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

American Goldfinches in Southborough

September 8, 2020

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Katydid in Northborough

September 8, 2020

A katydid in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A katydid in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed a katydid in Northborough.

Killdeer in Marlborough

September 8, 2020

A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Red-tailed Hawk in Lincoln

September 7, 2020

A red-tailed hawk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red-tailed hawk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this red-tailed hawk in Lincoln.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

September 6, 2020

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cedar waxwing at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cedar waxwing at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a cedar waxwing, an eastern bluebird, and an eastern phoebe at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Yellowjacket Nest in Southborough

September 6, 2020

A yellowjacket nest in Southborough, photographed by Deborah Costine.
A yellowjacket nest in Southborough, photographed by Deborah Costine.

Deborah Costine found this yellowjacket nest when she turned over a log near her home in Southborough.